2018 Recipients

The recipients of the 2018 award are Steve Austin and Tony O’Neill. Their contributions to CFSI trace back to the establishment of the organization in 1989. Both served as chair of the CFSI National Advisory Committee and chairs of various NAC subcommittees, providing strong leadership on many important national issues addressed by the NAC. In addition, they have been active in a number of other state and national organizations: Steve with the International Association of Arson Investigators, Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association; Tony with the National Fire Protection Association and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board).

About the Award

Jointly sponsored by the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) and Motorola Solutions since 1998, the Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award recognizes exemplary leaders in public safety for their work to improve the delivery of the fire and emergency services in the areas of prevention, mitigation and response.

Mason Lankford

Mason Lankford

The award is named in honor of the late-Mason Lankford, a distinguished fire service leader from the state of Texas, who had a pivotal role in the establishment of both the Congressional Fire Services Institute and Congressional Fire Services Caucus. Mason cared about all first responders and dedicated his career to building a stronger fire service without leaving anyone behind. The Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award recognizes individuals – like Mason Lankford – who embrace the same goals, dedication and commitment to making the fire service a stronger and safer profession for all.

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Previous Recipients

2018 Winners –
Steve Austin, International Association of Arson Investigators
Tony O’Neill, National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications

2017 Winner –
James Dalton (J.D.), National Fire Sprinkler Association

2016 Winner –
Chief Carl Holmes (Ret), The Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute

2015 Winner –
Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, National Fire Academy

2014 Winner –
James M. Shannon, President, National Fire Protection Association

2013 Winner –
Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

2012 Winner –
Marcine D. Goodloe, Montgomery County (MD) Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association

2011 Winner – Ronny Coleman, National Fire Heritage Center

2010 – Kevin O’Connor, International Association of Fire Fighters

2009 – Steve Edwards, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

2008 – Hal Bruno, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

2007 – Garry Briese (ret.), International Association of Fire Chiefs

2006 – Meri-K Appy, Home Safety Council

2005 – Chief Alan Caldwell, International Association of Fire Chiefs

2004 – Chief R. David Paulison, Federal Emergency Management Agency

2003 – Chief Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association

2002 – Chief Raymond M. Downey, FDNY (Posthumously)

2001 – Chief John Eversole, Chicago Fire Department

2000 – Paul Boecker, Lisle Woodridge (IL) Fire District

1999 – E. James Monihan, National Volunteer Fire Council

Fire Service Person of the Year

1998 – John Mason Lankford (Posthumously)

1997 – Anthony O’Neill, National Fire Protection Association

1996 – Steve Austin, Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association

1993 – Hal Bruno, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation